Information Diet: John Cho

The co-star of Harold & Kumar comes clean about his addiction to Angry Birds and his epiphany after reading The New York Times in print.

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

I try to hit the Los Angeles Times and New York Times sites. I just bought The New York Times–the real paper–the other day and thought, “This is great.” I prefer holding it. So I’m going to subscribe to the actual New York Times. The L.A. Times, for whatever reason, seems fine digitally. And I get Variety because I’m showbiz-y and cool.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?

I turn the TV on while I’m making breakfast–The Today Show, probably. I try to wait on emails until I’m ready–that’s after the dog walk.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?

In the car, I listen to podcasts–The Adam Carolla Show, This American Life, WTF With Marc Maron, The B.S. Report With Bill Simmons. Oh, and The Tobolowsky Files, which is my favorite. Stephen Tobolowsky started this podcast where he basically tells stories that he’d tell his friends at a dinner party, and they’re quite beautiful.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?

I consume mostly junk TV. I turn the TV on and flip around and 45 minutes later, turn it off.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet?

I catch The Office in reruns and new episodes. That’s probably the only show I follow ritualistically. My favorite show on television is Mad Men, which is foolhardy because they only make a few episodes a year. If I watch the news, I usually catch it on a TV.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter, or fast until morning?

I Netflix an episode of The Office on my iPad right before bed. That’s my ritual.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?

God, there are so many calories available on the Web. I guess I’d have to say print. Even shopping on the Web, it seems convenient, but it’s so overwhelming. I find the Web unwieldy.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.

My favorite app right now is Angry Birds. It’s like a disease. And Netflix, although it’s weird in terms of what’s available lately. I think iBooks is insanely convenient.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?

An iPad is not particularly necessary, but I got one. But it hasn’t taken over my life.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?

I guess I’m just intermittently engaged in it. Cutting out TV news does a lot of the editing for you. They just yell a lot and throw a lot of information at you that you don’t need. But for whatever reason, I don’t have that need to consume digitally. It seems like clutter, mostly.


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